Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean, who was jailed for stealing a loaf of bread and later endeavors to make an honest man out of himself, becoming the mayor of a small town and helping those in need. However, local police inspector Javert becomes suspicious, and hounds Valjean. Later, Valjean's adopted daughter, Cosette, falls in love with a young revolutionary, and tensions reach the breaking point during a rebellion in Paris. The novel explores the struggle to change one's life, as well as the devastation of poverty

Summary of Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

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